Atlanta people and places

Tyler Perry teams up with “The Walking Dead”

8:51 am Oct. 21, 2016

Tyler Perry and the hit AMC series “The Walking Dead” are business partners now.

Perry’s newly acquired Fort McPherson, a former army base just southwest of downtown Atlanta, is now home to 14 sound stages. His movie “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” in theaters today, filmed there as did the HBO adaptaion of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” starring Perry’s good friend Oprah Winfrey.

And now there’s a new sheriff in town: Rick

Kate Kovach in a still from "The 7 Sevens."

“I saw the glint of a pentagram .. I could hear ‘get out! get out! get out!'”

5:40 pm Oct. 20, 2016

Actress and historical interpreter Kate Kovach is part of the Atlanta History Center’s Haunted Halloween event coming up Friday, and she told us a terrifying tale of what happened to her once in a graveyard in Scotland for the next episode of “Spooked,” our creepy new podcast:

With Halloween approaching we asked readers to share their own ghost stories and heard about the ghost who stole a hotel guest’s umbrella. The patter of

Photo by John McCosh

Chris Dodd salutes film and free speech at Emory event

12:37 pm Oct. 20, 2016

Former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd has Georgia on his mind frequently these days. Now chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, he’s an energetic supporter of the state’s film-friendly policies.

“According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, 245 feature film and television productions have been shot in Georgia in fiscal year 2016, representing $2.2 billion in direct spending and an overall economic impact of $7 billion in

Ken Bone has teamed up with Izod, maker of his iconic sweater, for a video encouraging people to vote. Video provided to the AJC by United Entertainment Group.

Ken Bone teams with Izod for inspiring Washington trip

9:05 am Oct. 20, 2016

Ken Bone, the mild-mannered Midwesterner whose comfy red sweater and retro point-and-shoot at the recent town hall presidential debate made him an overnight Internet sensation, teamed with Izod for an inspiring trip to the nation’s capital.

The adroitly self-aware video documenting the trip shows Bone reaching into his closet (crammed with identical red Izod sweaters) and snapping photos of historic D.C. sites with that trusty disposable. He crashes a wedding, plays soccer


“Bad hombres” memes going strong after Trump-Clinton debate

7:02 am Oct. 20, 2016

Donald Trump launched a meme early in Wednesday night’s debate with his comment, during a segment on illegal immigration, that we have “bad hombres” in this country who must be deported.

Though social media commentary during the debate embraced other catch phrases – notably, “nasty woman” after Trump interrupted Hillary Clinton as she was discussing tax policy and called her that – “bad hombre” is back for another round of


Janet Jackson wins the debate! “Nasty woman” trends as Trump interrupts Hillary, again

10:48 pm Oct. 19, 2016

Donald Trump’s fondness for interrupting Hillary Clinton during presidential debates has given “Saturday Night Live”writers plenty of material. At the end of the final debate on Wednesday, it got Twitter busy, too.

“Such a nasty woman,” Trump said as Clinton discussed tax policy. (Presumably he was reacting to her comment referencing whether he and other high-income earners would seek to dodge tax bills).

Like “bad hombres” early on, “nasty woman” started trending


“Bad hombres” is key trending meme of final presidential debate

9:31 pm Oct. 19, 2016

The first trending meme of the final presidential debate: “Bad hombres.”

GOP candidate Donald Trump, who has from the beginning mad border security and a crackdown on illegal immigration a cornerstone of his campaign from the start, uttered the phrase amid a discussion of illegal immigration, and Twitter was quick to respond:

Ushers display a prayer shawl before presenting it to Shawty Lo's mother at the Saturday funeral service. Photo: Jennifer Brett

Shawty Lo’s passengers begged him to slow down before deadly crash

8:56 am Oct. 19, 2016

The passengers in Carlos “Shawty Lo” Walker’s car begged him to slow down before the deadly Sept. 21 crash that killed him, a Fulton County Medical Examiner’s report said. The two women, identified as Deshondria and Destini, told investigators “they were pleading with (Walker) to slow down but he would not.”

VIDEO: Watch the drum line at the end of Shawty Lo’s funeral

“The two females stated that the Decedent exited on the